Ellie's Brown Ale | Avery Brewing Company

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704 Reviews
Ellie's Brown AleEllie's Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
IBU's: 17

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
704
Ratings:
2,070
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
18.25%
 
 
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Photo of ark1ebs
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer having loved the Avery IPA and Maharaja. Granted, brown ales aren't my cup of tea (admittedly I'm a hophead), but I thought I'd give it a shot.

It poured without producing much of a head with a deep amber brownish hue. Definitely can taste the nutiness with hints of chocolate. Tinge of spice at the back of the tongue as it goes down. This quickly subsides and not much of an aftertaste is left behind.

Nice lacing down the glass as I drink it down. Can't sense much of a smell because I have a bit of a cold and have been consuming decongestants today. :( Should I even be reviewing this beer this being the case?

Goes down pretty smooth and mouthfeel is good. It's a wet feeling beer that doesn't linger very long on the palate.

Overall another good beer by the Avery crew!

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Photo of hanco005
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single because I likes the picture of the dog on the label, poured into a pint glass, no freshness date on the bottle

A—pours dark brown, resembling cola, with a 1 inch cocoa colored puffy head that slowly collapses down, laces fully around the inside of the glass

S—nutty and sweet, mild alcohol, faint whiffs of caramel, a bit buttery, too

T—smokey and sweet, the nuttiness and caramel are there, pretty mild, not tasting any bitterness at all, finishes wet

M—a touch slippery, light/medium bodied, medium carbonation

D—not a bad brown ale, very mild and drinkable…might be a good transition beer.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a chestnut brown coloration. The beer has a thin tan colored head. The beer has no head retention to speak of.

Smell: The beer has a roasted malty caramel and chocolate combo. The beer has a dash of spicy goodness thrown in.

Taste: The beer has a light combo of roasted malty caramel sweetness with nips of chocolate. The beer has a bit of nuttyness combining with spicyness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer isnt a bad beer drink. The beer is slightly thinner than I prefer, but I still wouldnt turn my nose up at this beer.

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Photo of andythejerk
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Generous, pancake-batter head on this one. The color of a cherry coke, with lots of bubbles tracking up the inside of my mug. Smell is striking--yeasty and nutty notes hit my nose and, as is not unusual, start me salivating. Pavlov was my master. It's fizzy and medium bodied, and has a rather tart flavor, with a bit of metallic edge to it. Definite roasted nuts too, though. The finish is a bit short and abrupt, but that blast of tart, roasted flavor is really very tasty.

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Photo of snilsen13
2.7/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was hoping for something better since this was going to be a mild, easy drinking beer. Unfortunately, this malty mixyure has the consistantly dull feature of Avery brews... a sticky malt flavor that lingers unpleasently on my pallate. Some don't mind it I don't like it.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle a very deep brown with a smallish head of foam that dissipated quickly leaving just a very fine layer.

The smell has a nice sweet and roasted malt nose with some chocolate there as well.

The taste is a very tasty sweetish malt up front with just a slight roastiness and a bit of chocolate mid way through. Nice. There's also a slight grainy flavour that shows up in the finish. This is a very solid Brown Ale!

Bottom line: Avery Ellie's is a brew that I can easily recommend as it's one of best of its style that I've tasted to date.

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Photo of briman
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours clear, dark brown, slightly ruby when held up to the light. Nice fluffy light brown head, excellent retention. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is mild roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, touch of coffee.

Taste is mildy sweet. Lightly roasted malt flavor, with some nuttiness coming through. Finish has a slightly roasted coffee taste....not bitter. A slight hop presence in the aftertaste, but it's really just enough to make this a very well balanced beer.

Light to medium body, with low carbonation. Everything is medled together nicely, no one flavor overpowers another. One of the better brown ales...good session beer.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Brennan's on University here in Madison.

Pours a rusty dark garnet with a finger of rocky oatmeal-tinged head. Nose is surprisingly lively for an English brown, notes of musty, toasted malt, winter spice and milky caramel. Taste starts off like a subtle winter warmer - spicy and malty, rounded out with a cocoa finish. Mouthfeel is thin, lending to its drinkability. A richly flavored, yet lightly bodied brown. A true sessioner here.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a clear dark brown almost black color. The head is two fingers in height, fluffy, and very light tan in color. The aroma is roasted and burnt malt, chocolate, and cream. Very nice for a brown ale. The tastes has both porter and brown ale qualities. Burnt malt and chocolate come across first followed by a nice mild caramel and cream finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. Overall, this is a very good and sessionable brown ale. I certainly see myself drinking this quite often as it is the best brown ale available in my area.

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Photo of Naes
3.31/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This ale is very dark brown with a tall light tan head.
The aroma is a bit mild, but consists of caramel malt.
The flavor starts out with caramel malt and a roasty flavor, then the hops become noticeable and it finishes with a crystal malt flavor.
Mouth feel is medium to full bodied, but the carbonation level is a little low.

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Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep reddish brown color with massive tannish head. Nice lacing as the head feel to a thin coating. Smell is roasted malt combined with a nice dark fruitiness. Taste is a sweet fruitish malt with some caramel background. Finish presents a bit of hop and complimets the malt perfectly. A nice well-done beer.

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Photo of Gavage
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear dark copper almost brown in color with a fluffy 1"+ head that lasts. Some thick lacing paints the glass.

Smell: nice amounts of caramels and nuts are easily detectable by the nose.

Taste: caramel, cola, nuts, dark red plums, and a decent bitterness makes this a full flavored brown ale. Unlike other brown ales, this wasn't afraid to kick up the flavor components, not some water downed brew.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp at the start, smooth at the finish. The caramel and cola flavors linger shortly in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: easy drinking and a nice brown ale. Avery beers push the limits, and it was nice to get a brown ale that was as lively as this.

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Photo of Crosling
2.67/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby. Mild nose with a touch of earth and a hint of rhubarb, sweet malts, nuts, caramel and coffee beans. Grainy malt feel throughout. Sweet, dry malts possessing notes of nuts, vanilla and spicy hops. Lingering finish. I have had several brown ales and still don't understand why the style exists.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Only drawback is the smell, there isn't any. But..the taste is terrific, a quality brown ale, rivaling Dogfishead's Indian Brown Ale. Roasty malts, slight hops, nice head retention, extreme drinkability. This is what NewCastle is supposed to be! A terrific effort by Avery!

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Photo of rowew
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle. No date information.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish brown color with a thin head that fades to just a bit of lacing around the edges.

Smell: Roasted malt, caramel, and just a bit of chocolate. A hint of hops as well.

Taste: Starts out sweet and roasted, then a bit more hops than average for the style come into play.

Overall impression: As I would expect from Avery, a bit more hops than an average brown. Still very drinkable - nice roasted flavors would do well with some BBQ.

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Photo of doppelmeup
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bottle into a pint glass at a local pub.

About a half inch head on top of a rich brown ale. Minimal lacing.

Aroma was malty with hints of nuts. Smelled good.

The taste of this beer was excellent. Very smooth and rich--what I would expect from a good brown ale. Malty, slightly sweet.

Good mouthfeel. Creamy, only lightly carbonated.

Very drinkable brew. One of the better brown ales I've had.

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Photo of zjungleist
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours fairly dark, but not quite opaque, with a kinda weak off white head. The smell is slighly nutty with heavy roasted malts and a very slight hop sting. The flavor is very roasted and malty, slighly sweet, and has a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a little bit slick and sticky, but almost over-compensated with carbonation. Overall this beer is above average.

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Photo of TongoRad
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hoo-yeah...nice looking beer- dark yet perfectly clear chestnut brown color with rusty orange highlights. An initial two-finger head settles down to next to nothing in about a minute leaving lots of thick lacing in its wake.

Aroma features an initial shot of chocolate malt-freshly milled chocolate malt, that is- followed by dark caramel and suggestions of those Welsh cookies with the currants. It is fresh and wonderful.

Palate is initially dominated by the dark caramel, though the roast malt comes on late. The currants linger after all else is gone. Mouthfeel is silky and the alcohol and bitterness are unobtrusive.

Very solid as both a session beer and a one-at-a-time deal. I'm very glad my local shop just started carrying this.

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Photo of rousee
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark color resembling cola--faint ruby color in bottom of the glass. Nice lace on sides.
Caramel nuttiness with some cidery undertones--some minor coffee notes also.
Taste is dark rich malts-toffee-caramel and more nuttiness. Nice effervescent, quenching mouthfeel. It is also somewhat feltish.
Smooth and fairly drinkable but nothing that stands out in that category.

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Photo of FenwaySquid
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle, no dating on the label but a nice portrait of a chocolate lab drawn there (perhaps the beer is named after the dog a la Robinson's Old Tom), poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown color with some reddish hues. Head formed small but the lacing stuck around nicely. Great color though.

Aroma: Floral hops mixed in with some caramel malts and hazelnut as well. If this beer tastes as good as it smells we've got a winner.

Taste: We have a winner. The beer starts off with some caramel and chocolate malts with the hazelnuts shadowing. The middle is sweet and malty with just a hint of hops, which complimented the sweetness nicely. The finish was grainy, leaving the drinker with a thirst for more.

Mouthfeel: Very, very smooth, almost creamy. The carbonation was a little weak but with the sweetness that wasn't a bad thing.

Overall: I was extremely impressed. This beer in itself is an excellent example of why it's so fun to try as many different brews as you can. Some are average, some good, some awful. But every so often you find one like this that totally blows you away. I highly recommend this one to anyone, whether or not you like brown ales.

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Photo of sevineyes
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle featuring a chocolate lab on the label.

A: Nice ruddy copper color, but with not too much head and little lacing.

S: Sweet with some smokiness. A nice prelude to the taste.

T: Sweet malt. Some caramel. Smoke.

M: Nice carbonation that complements the flavor. Ends a bit astriingent.

D: Great.

Overall: I like this brown a lot. For its style this is an exemplary beer.

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Photo of Higravity
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The best Avery beer I have had yet. Everything else was a disapointment but this one exceeded my resigned expectations. A very dark brown slithered out of the bottle; yeilding a tan-white head and laced with eat sip. The smell was much more intense than I was enticipating; ful of nutty and sweet malt reverbs and even a little citrus hop blosoms. A full taste of nutty, biscuit flavors, and a bitterness in the end to add a little balance. Good mouthfeel and great carbonation, I would drink this again anytime.

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Photo of Jredner
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice and easy drinking, but like almost every other brown ale I have ever had nothing really jumps out at ya. Sweet malt profile is enjoyable and it is better than many brown’s but it is still missing enough roastiness to be outstanding. Though it does deliver that comforting and safe nuttiness.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfect chestnut brown with a glimmer of orange highlighting the edges and bottom. Keeps a compact medium stacked foam of dark sandy brown. Fades out to a slim collaring and broken skim. Lacing is stringy and sporatically placed as so.

Aroma is soft and delicate with cocoa powder and some hazelnut notes.

Taste is profoundly steeped in a cocoa powder presense thats fairly well rounded in a milky chocolateyness with small notes of vanilla, brown sugar, and hazelnut. There's a light berry-like backing underneath mixing with some caramel and the finish is fluffy, lasting, and rich and whisped with a unbittered leafy hopping. A very nice tasting brown. Lots of character and length.

Feel is a bit over medium in body with a smooth, full carbonation holding chocolate malt on the palate for a good while and keeping delicate soft characteristics the whole ride through.

A very solid and sessionable/drinkable brown ale. Another Avery keeper. On a style choice note: this seemed much more like an American Brown then an English Brown. But what the hell do I care, its damn good either way you put it.

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Photo of benito
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Avery's homage to the late Ellie, (as I understand it) Adam's late chocolate lab, is a delicious, nutty brown ale. It pours a transparent cola color with thin head that laces the glass well and remains in nice, layered form all the way through the beer. The bouquet has strong scents of chocolate and toffee, as well as maple.

Ellie is nutty and well-rounded--not too sweet for a beer so low on hops--that starts and finishes with a clean, crisp roasty flavor. This is definitely a 'what you see is what you get' brew, but what it lacks
in complexity it makes up for with a easy drinkability and a wonderful ability to pair with hearty soups and salads. A solid brew that is certainly worth checking out.

A personal note--in general, browns are one of my least favorite styles, just simply because I find them to be less dynamic than a number of other beer types. Ellie's is, IMO, on par with Bell's Best Brown as one of the best examples of this style I've seen on the US market.

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Ellie's Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 704 ratings.
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